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ERIC Number: ED359534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 14
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The Phrase of the Phallic Pheminine: Beyond the "Nurturing Mother" in Feminist Composition Pedagogy.
Mowery, Diane
Theories of phallic authority outlined by Jaques Lacan, Sigmund Freud, and Luce Irigaray suggest that one can effectively undo authority only from a position of authority, a position that traps feminists within the very phallic economy they hope to subvert. Attempting to avoid this trap, feminist pedagogues have made a distinction between "bad" authority and "good" authority by assuming the role of the "nurturing mother" rather than the "authoritative father." This brand of feminist pedagogy remains as much a function of the phallic phantasy as does traditional pedagogy. The job of the pedagogue is to bring and keep student language within the lines of legitimacy. What these feminist pedagogies offer is a simple reversal of privilege, from the Father to the Mother, which leads nowhere new. What is needed is a different game entirely, a way out of the old stories, out of Oedipal subjectivity, out of the binary system itself. A pedagogy of laughter could mimic phallic authority in the classroom in a way that would pervert its authenticity. Authority would then find itself enacted as a pedagogical performance--a parody or pastiche--informed by the notion that persons cannot be masters of a language that commands them. Authority would not be renounced, rather it would be enacted in a way that would expose its illusoriness. It would become laughable. (A 35-item bibliography is attached.) (SAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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